In my last post I said that I've been away from my blog because I have been busy sewing, and I have. But there's another, larger reason: I'm angry. I've been trying to calm myself down and it's not working, so I need your help. 

I like to reverse engineer things, meaning that if I see something I like I try to figure out how it was made. Most of the time things are SO SIMPLE if you just stop and think and look. This is the stem of my anger. I am angry at bloggers for creating such SIMPLE quilt patterns and then selling them. I don't want you to think that it's just one blogger, because there are lots of them and it has been happening for a long time. I finally just hit my tolerance wall.

Yes, I understand that this was your idea and that it's new and you have perfected the way to make it. Also, you probably spent lots of time with prototypes and writing directions and editing pictures. See, I get all that? But at the end of it, I STILL feel like they are just trying to make a buck of off some new quilter who doesn't know up from down or someone who does not have the ability to see the mechanics of a quilt.

Here's where it really gets sticky. I'm ok with clothing patterns because I couldn't come up with that! And I'm ok with patterns for softies, again, because that 3-dimensional sewing boggles my mind.

So really, the only reason I'm upset with quilt patterns is because I think they're so simple, but just because they are simple and obvious to me doesn't mean that for someone else. Do other people think it's blasphemy to sell softie patterns because they are so easy to make? Probably. 

I have rolled this over in my mind ad nauseum and I'm still not happy. I know that I'm being ridiculous, but I think I need you to help me get over this hump. Please?


  1. I'm completely with you 99% of the time... except I just caved and bought a pattern because I'm way too lazy to take the time to figure out the pattern layout - I'm willing to pay (in this instance) for someone to have figured that out for me. And I agree on the clothing pattern issue - that is not as simple as sewing a few cut squares together, patterns are pretty much a necessity when you're attempting to put together that has to conform to a variety of shapes! Anyway, how I get around feeling irritated by it all is that I go ahead & figure out how to do it myself. And I don't mind sharing...for free!

  2. I agree, there are way too many patterns out there that are simple and over-priced. However, if people buy them, that's their problem. If you don't need the pattern then great! Save the money!

    I teach quilting classes, and have found that although some things seem obvious to me, there are many people that just can't visualize how things go together. If they're ok with buying a simple pattern, and it makes them happy, then it's a win win for all parties involved.

    In reality, I think it hurts most pattern designers to only make simple patterns. There are so many patterns out there, that if they don't do something original, they won't ever make any real money at it. People get bored.

  3. Yes, I have a tough time with it, too, but the more I talk with those who don't look for tutorials or don't blog hop/Flickr shop, etc., the more I am amazed at how they "need" a pattern for everything. It doesn't make it wrong, but it just makes me wonder. None of them complain about paying for it either. Maybe it is because I have a mathematical brain and have to figure it all out. For instance, I made a "plus" pillow, and so many people asked me to make a tutorial or asked where I got the pattern. And for me, I can't think of an easier pattern! So, to each his own, but I, for one, try to figure it out myself first.

  4. I completely agree. $7 to learn how to put together squares and rectangles? I don't get it. And I'm like the LEAST math-oriented person in history.

    Honestly, when it comes to these very simple patterns, I wonder how many people actually sell more than a handful of them. There's almost no cost to putting a pattern out there for sale when you sell it electronically, as a PDF. With virtually no risk, you're going to see some, shall we say, inferior products.

  5. I am with you.

    There is one pattern out there by a certain very well known blogger that is $8. She has a link to a tutorial for the EXACT SAME pattern on her blog. It makes me mad, and it makes me mad at the people who are buying it! But then I look at it as a 'stupid' tax or a 'lazy' tax. If you are too stupid or too lazy to click on her tutorials section and get it for free, then she may as well charge someone for it.

    Also, I know some bloggers do it to justify the time and energy they put into their blog. If their blog contributes to the overall online creative group and the selling of their patterns helps them to continue to help us, then I am all for it.

  6. I see what you're saying. I see a lot of patterns being sold for like, say, charm squares just sewn to sashing. I mean, do we really need a pattern for that? You can't figure out how to sew strips to a square? But like other people said, if someone feels they need to buy it as opposed to searching for a tutorial (isn't it the same thing as a sold pattern? Photos and instructions?), then that's up to them. I can understand why you are irked though.

  7. Hmmm... I can see both sides of the coin here. I am just getting started in pattern design and I know how much time and work go into creating a pattern.

    I also lead my town's MQG that has about 40 active members. I recently set up a mug rug swap and had SEVERAL emails with people concerned and wanting a pattern for the swap. I was like for a MUG RUG??!?!? As a result, I gave them all hand outs explaining that they should start with a block they liked if they were concerned about working without a pattern. And then had to tell them where to go to find block tutorials.

    Here's what I can figure: People who blog about quilting are WAY different than those who just read them. The bloggers (for the most part) are the obsessed ones who don't want to use a pattern for anything. Those who aren't bloggers come at every possible level you can imagine.

    Even the easiest beginner pattern for squares and sashing may give someone the confidence that the math will add up to try quilting for the first time. If you were new, would you be able to sift thru the good vs bad free tutorials online?? Maybe not.

    To me it's surprising, the number of people who don't want to think about it, just tell them what to do, and they'll follow directions.

  8. At the beginning of my quilting, I bought patterns because I didn't understand how things worked, and they helped me learn. I don't need them now, but i did then.

    I'm totally fine with people selling patterns when they put work in to writing it up, etc. If I don't want to buy it, I don't have to, but the person buying it isn't a victim!

    There's really nothing new out there... but I don't think quilters should have to give their work away for free (like we so often do).

    You're a math person, so you will never understand those who don't want to just figure it out on their own. :)